Do you find it hard to make time for yourself? I know I do. I’m constantly on the go, and when my schedule becomes packed, I find it challenging to take care of my health and practice self-care. But that’s no excuse. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle can be challenging for busy women, career women, mothers, and, honestly, all women.
Learning how to incorporate healthy habits into your daily routine will help you take charge of your overall health, eliminate stress, and be happier. So, here are 10 healthy habits every woman should have regardless of age.
Healthy Habits Every Woman Should Have
Having a regular fitness routine in your daily schedule is vital for many reasons. It comes with many health benefits, such as losing weight and reducing the risk of metabolic illnesses and non-communicable illnesses, such as cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, and cancer.
For women, regularly exercising also helps with balancing hormones, improving mood, boosting energy, and reducing overall physical and mental stress. There are many ways women can take care of their physical health via going to the gym, jogging, running, playing with the children, doing yoga, or even doing active household chores like vacuuming and sweeping.
Related Read: What Is Physical Self-Care?
Having Good Hygiene
I shouldn’t even have to explain this, but you would be surprised. I’ve met many women with poor hygiene skills, so I think this would be an excellent time to remind you to clean yourself, especially during menstruation. Cleaning yourself not only boosts your confidence but it helps you not to contract or spread harmful germs and diseases to your loved ones.
Some essential hygiene habits you should have are:
- Washing your hands
- Cleaning your hair
- Taking care of the vagina (yes, I said it).
- Not putting harmful chemicals is not meant for the body inside us.
Getting A Wellness Visit At Your Gynecologist
Not only is this an excellent way to practice self-care, but it’s essential to do so. Gynecology is an integral part of women’s health care for all women. A gynecologist specializes in addressing the specific needs of all women throughout various stages of her life.
Women between the ages of 21 and 29 should receive a gynecological exam every year or as soon as they become sexually active. Visiting a gynecologist is one of the best healthy habits every woman should have in terms of physical health.
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Get Adequate Sleep
Regardless of age, sleep is essential for maintaining proper metabolism and having energy for the next day. Yet, studies show that women typically report having more sleep difficulties and are at a higher risk of being diagnosed with insomnia (Nowakowski et al.). In addition, 40% of all women are more likely to experience this due to hot flashes, menstruation, menopause, pregnancy, and mental health illnesses.
The statistics are crazy considering how adults should get between 8 to 10 hours of sleep daily. Of course, as you get older, it will be more difficult for you to fall asleep, especially as a woman. But, fret not. Here are some tips for falling asleep easier.
- Stop using your phone at least 1.5 hours before bed
- Don’t eat past 8:00 PM
- Take a warm to a hot shower
- Drink warm milk or tea
Eat Healthy & Drink Water
We all know the importance of balancing a healthy meal and drinking water throughout the day. However, most women struggle with this. As a woman, it’s essential always to keep your body hydrated and filled with nutrients.
Not eating healthy or drinking water can have adverse side effects such as feeling tired, getting ill more often, hair loss, skin problems, weight gain, and sometimes death. Overeating and undereating also have negative consequences on the body that are ignored for the sake of looking good.
If you want to change your diet or restrict yourself from certain food groups, please talk to your doctor first.
I’m going to continue to advocate for journaling. Journaling is a potent mental health self-care practice that all women benefit from. Women are natural nurturers, and many are incredibly empathetic. But unfortunately, this can sometimes make it difficult to process our emotions or express ourselves with a healthy outlet.
Journaling helps control symptoms of depression, anxiety, and stress while improving your mood. There are many different styles of journaling a woman can use, such as bullet journaling, list journaling, diary format, and even writing prompts. For women, journaling serves as a way to vent without exploding on the people around them.
Related Read: Self-Improvement Journal Prompts
Spend Time Alone
I cold-heartedly mean this. It would help if you spent more time alone. As women, we are surrounded by children, partners, jobs, family, friends, and other stimuli. Sometimes we even begin to feel like there is no time for ourselves. But that’s not true.
Take 10 to 20 minutes daily to spend time with yourself. You’d be surprised at how relieved you will feel afterward. Spending time alone allows the rest of the world to continue spinning while you rest, refuel and regroup. Time alone can be as simple as sitting quietly outdoors, meditating in the guest bedroom, doing solo yoga, or even getting comfy with your favorite book.
Talk To A Therapist
Many women are under the impression that they have to tackle the world on their own. However, most cis and transgender women experience some biological, environmental, societal, sexual, and psychosocial challenges that can impact one’s mental health.
Women are the most likely to be diagnosed with postpartum depression, bipolar disorder, and anxiety. A therapist, psychiatrist, or psychologist can deal with these mental health matters. They can offer the most unbiased advice about navigating these difficulties and teach healthy coping mechanisms. Going to therapy is probably one of the most underrated and best healthy habits to have as a woman for their mental health.
Have A Self-Care Day
I cannot stress this enough. Ladies, you must make room for self-care. I don’t care if you can only squeeze one minute in. It would help if you did it. Practicing self-care is super important because it improves your overall physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual wellbeing. Many health benefits come with practicing daily self-care, such as:
- Increased resilience
- Improved mood
- Having better stress coping mechanisms
- Increased lifespan
Practicing self-care is one of the most important healthy habits every woman should have. It allows you to produce happiness and transmit those feelings to the people around you.
Step Away From Technology
Unplugging from social media and technology feels excellent. You notice so much more when you’re not paying attention to a computer screen. Social media and technology are one of the biggest contributors to negative body image, low self-esteem, and mental health illnesses such as depression and anxiety.
Unplugging allows you to get away from the online negativity and gives your brain a clean slate. It also gives you time for reflection, meditating, practicing gratitude, and focusing on the more positive things in life.
How Can Live A Healthy Lifestyle Better You?
Women need to live healthier lifestyles to function properly. We are bombarded with supplements and cosmetics that promise“healthy living.” But, the real secret to living a healthier lifestyle is consistency and motivation. You have to want to change to see the change.
These 10 healthy habits can help all women, cis and transgender alike, to start a wellness journey or to start improving their overall health. Women are the foundation of life and everything revolves around our wellbeing. So, make sure you take care of it well.
Are you implementing any of these healthy habits? Let me know in the comments.